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Post by Tiosylanyl » Tue Aug 18, 2009 7:37 pm

Thinking about signing up. Up until recently, I haven't been renting or buying many movies the last couple of years. To everyone using the service, do you have any complaints? Are there any drawbacks to using them?

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Post by Nyarlathotep » Tue Aug 18, 2009 7:43 pm

I like them fine. My only bitch about them is that you pretty much have to have an idea of what you want to watch, unlike a physical video store where you can browse the shelf and see things you might not have known about. But other than that, I like them.
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Post by Tiosylanyl » Tue Aug 18, 2009 7:48 pm

Nyarlathotep wrote:I like them fine. My only bitch about them is that you pretty much have to have an idea of what you want to watch, unlike a physical video store where you can browse the shelf and see things you might not have known about. But other than that, I like them.
You can't browse a list of titles by genre or filter them alphabetically?

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Post by whitefork » Tue Aug 18, 2009 7:57 pm

yeah, the filters and lookup are good, but I think Ny means that the serendipity aspect of physical browsing isnt available.

I like the service. It's prompt and I've had almost no bad disks. Their catalog is impressive but lacks the whacky fringe stuff you might find in some independent video store.

I think I'm overpaying because I tend to not watch a lot of movies and they sit around for a while. On the other hand, you can hang on to them for a long time with no penalty.

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Post by Nyarlathotep » Tue Aug 18, 2009 8:04 pm

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Nyarlathotep wrote:I like them fine. My only bitch about them is that you pretty much have to have an idea of what you want to watch, unlike a physical video store where you can browse the shelf and see things you might not have known about. But other than that, I like them.
You can't browse a list of titles by genre or filter them alphabetically?
You can, but somehow I just plain to be more of a pain in the ass (mostly because of load times) than just looking over a shelf and seeing what catches my eye. It DOES have a function to come up with recomendations based on what you have rented before, but if you have a family with diverse tastes you end up with some weird combos being reccomended ("Oh look, it reccomended both Sense and Sensibility AND The Tool Box Massacre Part II").
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Post by Tiosylanyl » Tue Aug 18, 2009 8:13 pm

whitefork wrote: Their catalog is impressive but lacks the whacky fringe stuff you might find in some independent video store.
Ahh...I see. Well, I'm not as into the wacky fringe stuff as Nyarl, though, I guess that depends on the definition of "wacky fringe stuff." One of my motives is that I often get an urge to rent a movie that I hadn't seen in 10-15 years and either the local video store does not carry it (which is often the case, as their selection is rather limited compared to, say, Blockbuster or Hollywood video), or they have the box, but the DVD is "never in." In almost every case, my interest is not anywhere near the level of actually purchasing said movie.

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Post by whitefork » Tue Aug 18, 2009 8:19 pm

And, hot new stuff tends to have long waits, but you'll have that. Some things I've just had to buy used because nobody has them, too. (It was important to own Tarkovsky's Solaris, I'm not sure exactly why)

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Post by specious_reasons » Tue Aug 18, 2009 8:36 pm

whitefork wrote:yeah, the filters and lookup are good, but I think Ny means that the serendipity aspect of physical browsing isnt available.

I like the service. It's prompt and I've had almost no bad disks. Their catalog is impressive but lacks the whacky fringe stuff you might find in some independent video store.
I find it's usually only because the fringe stuff hasn't made it onto DVD - sometimes the copyright holders are hard to find or don't think they can make any money.

If you have a decent connection, and anything except the base package, you can watch films online. We also got the Roku digital player and connected it to the Netflix account - this is great for TV series (when they have them.)

Been watching Red Dwarf on the Roku, along with some more classic TV shows.

We also created sub-accounts. Wierd, bad shit in my queue, kid's stuff in another, the main account for anything else.
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Post by Tiosylanyl » Tue Aug 18, 2009 8:40 pm

whitefork wrote:And, hot new stuff tends to have long waits, but you'll have that. Some things I've just had to buy used because nobody has them, too. (It was important to own Tarkovsky's Solaris, I'm not sure exactly why)
What's the average wait on a new release? Can you request them in advance of their release (i.e. can you reserve a copy of a new release coming out the following Tuesday)?

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Post by En folkefiende » Tue Aug 18, 2009 8:42 pm

My offspring go through about a set of 4 per week using Netflix.

Don't ask me what, they are all chinese or japanese anime. THEY understand it...
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Post by Luke T. » Tue Aug 18, 2009 8:45 pm

Netflix rocks!

I am allowed up to three movies at a time, for as long as I want. I watch two or three a week and have the rotation worked out so I am never waiting for one.

As for browsing, they have an excellent browsing function if you use it correctly. You can search by genre, and they have a tab that recommends movies based on what you have watched and, most importantly, how you rated them. If you don't bother to rate movies, then it doesn't know what to recommend.

I rate movies I have rented, and then when I am browsing, if I have already seen a movie from years past or whatever, I rate it. It doesn't matter if I have rented it. You can rate a movie by clicking on the stars below the title. There are four stars and you click on the first, second, third, or fourth one depending how you felt about that movie.

This results in pretty accurate recommendations.

And the recommendations are divided by genre, too.

You can also watch flix on line. They didn't name it Netflix for nothing. But I don't watch online. I'd rather sit on the couch and watch a movie on my big TV screen, not in a chair in front of small computer screen.

For more of my thoughts on Netflix, see my review of The Wire
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Post by gnome » Tue Aug 18, 2009 9:02 pm

It is because of Netflix that I tinkered with my computer system to throw video and audio to my living room television.

Now I love the "Watch instantly" feature!
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Post by Luke T. » Tue Aug 18, 2009 9:27 pm

gnome wrote:It is because of Netflix that I tinkered with my computer system to throw video and audio to my living room television.

Now I love the "Watch instantly" feature!
Hmmm.
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Post by gnome » Tue Aug 18, 2009 10:04 pm

Luke T. wrote:
gnome wrote:It is because of Netflix that I tinkered with my computer system to throw video and audio to my living room television.

Now I love the "Watch instantly" feature!
Hmmm.
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Y-connector from output jack of sound card to Red/White audio input of TV.
A few adjustments to the graphics properties (NVidia has controls just for this sort of thing) and I'm good to go! I set mine to progressive scan, sacrificing some resolution in favor of better motion capture. 720p on a 37" LCD isn't bad at all. It's a bit of a resource hog though, multitasking is out of the question at least on my platform.

One problem I've had playing video FILES instead of netflix, is that some of them are too quiet even with the player's volume maxed, the Windows volume maxed, and the television's volume maxed. Solution: VLC Player has a volume booster.

I don't have the problem with netflix.
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Post by Nyarlathotep » Tue Aug 18, 2009 11:31 pm

Truth be told, their supply of "Wacky Fringe Stuff" is getting better all the time, especially in their "Watch Instantly" section (I have watched quite a few unknonw indy horror flicks there, as well as a lot of old Doctor Who). Still not as much as I would like, though. Admittedly I am weird that way.
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Post by specious_reasons » Tue Aug 18, 2009 11:43 pm

I agree. Both for DVD and streaming. The "Watch instantly" is great for a some cult classics and new indie horror.
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Post by Tiosylanyl » Wed Aug 19, 2009 1:37 am

All right....took the plunge.

Unfortunately, I got up to make dinner and then came back to find that my wife had filled the queue with a bunch of....boring.....stuff. :x

At any rate, thanks for all of the feedback.

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Re: Netflix

Post by Rob Lister » Thu Oct 26, 2017 1:00 am

Netflix has taught me that British TV generally sucks more than U.S. TV.

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Re: Netflix

Post by Grammatron » Thu Oct 26, 2017 3:00 am

Other than thread Necromancy, the British excel at 17-19th century cosplay.

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Re: Netflix

Post by Doctor X » Thu Oct 26, 2017 4:12 am

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